Category Archives: mealybugs

I think I may have solenopsis mealybug in my cotton – what do I do?

Paul Grundy   December 15, 2016   Comments Off on I think I may have solenopsis mealybug in my cotton – what do I do?
A solenopsis colony

Solenopsis mealybug can be found throughout Queensland’s cropping areas and has also been confirmed in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Victoria. Whilst solenopsis has not yet been confirmed in NSW cotton crops it would be reasonable to assume that it is likely to be present in the broader landscape and it is only a matter of time before it… Read more »

Mealybug outbreak found on the Darling Downs

Kate Charleston   January 25, 2013   Comments Off on Mealybug outbreak found on the Darling Downs

DAFF Queensland entomologists have confirmed a small outbreak of Solenopsis mealybug (Phenacoccus solenopsis) on a cotton property west of Dalby on the Darling Downs. This is the same species of mealybug that affected cotton crops in Emerald and the Burdekin in 2010 and more recently in the South Burnett.

Research developments in Solenopsis mealybug management and boll rot in cotton.

Moazzem Khan   September 18, 2012   Comments Off on Research developments in Solenopsis mealybug management and boll rot in cotton.

Solenopsis mealybug (Phenacoccus solenopsis) was first identified at Emerald and the Burdekin during the 2009-10 cotton growing season. This sucking pest causes leaf distortion, stunting and reduced boll size and number. Heavy infestations can lead to plant death. Solenopsis mealybugs also produce a honeydew which affects photosynthesis and leads to sooty mould development on lint. This pest has the potential… Read more »

Good IPM starts in winter

adminmelina   July 22, 2010   Comments Off on Good IPM starts in winter

Farm hygiene underpins the successful management of a number of major pests. The recent appearance of solonopsis mealybug has highlighted again the importance of farm hygiene. We already know from past experiences with silverleaf whitefly, aphids and bunchy top that it makes economic sense to keep on top of weeds and volunteer cotton. Good farm hygiene over winter is an investment in next season’s crop.

Mealybugs in cotton

adminmelina   December 22, 2009   1 Comment on Mealybugs in cotton

Outbreaks of mealybugs have recently been reported from a number of cotton farms in central Queensland. While mealybugs are considered a minor pest of cotton, they have, on rare occasions, reached minor outbreak levels or ‘hotspots’ in commercial crops in central Queensland